Tesla gets one step closer to complete autonomy with in-house chip

Tesla is apparently working with computing manufacturer AMD to create its own chip to handle autonomous driving for its range of electric vehicles.

It seems that the plans are already in full swing too. Tesla has apparently already received samples of the chip and is running tests.

The reason for the move is currently unclear, but given Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s previous precedent of stepping in when progress isn’t developing at the pace he’d like, there is a possibility that the move comes as part of Musk’s plan for Tesla’s to be capable of complete autonomy by 2019.

Standing on its own four wheels

Of course, it’s also possible that Tesla just wants to bring as much of its manufacturing processes in house to ensure that it has greater control over the manufacture and cost of its parts.

At present, Tesla’s Autopilot system relies on Nvidia GPUs. According to CNBC, Tesla previously used chips from Mobileye but ceased that relationship after an accident involving a Mobileye-powered Tesla.

The silicon manufacture process at Tesla is being led by Jim Keller, veteran chipmaker responsible for Apple A4 and A5 chips used in the fantastic iPhone 4 and 4S respectively. Interestingly, Keller is also a two time AMD veteran.

There’s no official comment yet from either AMD or Tesla, so we’ll just have to wait and see whether this development means we’re still on track for snooze-driving by 2019. As soon as we know, you will.

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The wait for the iPhone X could be longer than expected

With the iPhone X supposedly landing in stores on November 3 you probably think the wait is already plenty long enough, but one analyst suggests the wait might be even longer.

According to Raymond James analyst Christopher Caso, Apple hasn’t even begun mass production of the iPhone X yet.

Based on conversations with “supply chain players” he says that orders only “firmed up as recently as last week” and that production is expected to commence in mid-October, which is about a month later than expectations a month ago.

Prior to its announcement we had heard rumors of various iPhone X delays, but assumed that they were accounted for in the release date Apple has given.

Dubious delays

Indeed, given that Apple has provided an exact release date for the phone we’re skeptical that there are any further delays. And if there are they may simply mean the iPhone X is in short supply on launch day, rather than the launch actually being delayed.

But we can’t rule a delay out completely. If problems cropped after the iPhone X announcement then it is possible that Apple would be forced to delay the production – and potentially the launch – of the phone.

At least we have the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the meantime. And if this delay is real they could become ever more popular choices.

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Surface Pro LTE revealed in new leak

An online retailer has accidentally spilled the beans on the existence of a new version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet with LTE connectivity before it has been officially announced.

While there have been rumors that Microsoft was going to announce an updated Surface Pro with LTE, possibly at an event in October, it seems the UK store Misco has jumped the gun by accidentally posting a page allowing customers to pre-order the new Surface Pro with built-in cellular connectivity.

Microsoft shouldn’t be too crestfallen that its new Surface Pro has been leaked, though, as the company itself has previously alluded to the existence of a version that can connect to mobile networks as well as Wi-Fi. Still, let’s hope Microsoft has a few more surprises for us at its upcoming event.

Surface Pro LTE specs

According to a screenshot of Misco’s Surface Pro LTE pre-order page, which SlashGear has posted, there will be two versions available.

The first one comes with a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, a 12.3-inch display and of course LTE connectivity. This version will apparently cost £1,132 (around $1,400, AU$1,800) .

The second one has the same core specifications, but boosts the RAM to 8GB and the SSD to 256GB. This variant will cost £1,402 (around $1,800, AU$2,300).

The pre-order pages have now been taken down, and those prices may not be final, so we’ll wait for an official announcement from Microsoft before getting too excited about the existence of the Surface Pro LTE. As we mentioned earlier, if it does exist, we’ll likely hear about the new variant of the hybrid at Microsoft’s October 31 event in London.

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Ford is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design cars in augmented reality

Microsoft’s HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe’s, Audi, and Volkswagen are all testing HoloLens for various reasons, and now Ford is expanding its use of Microsoft’s headsets after an initial pilot phase. Ford is using HoloLens to let designers quickly model out changes to cars, trucks, and SUVs. This allows designers to see the changes on top of an existing physical vehicle, instead of the traditional clay model approach to car design.

Ford is still using clay models, but the HoloLens can be used to augment additional 3D models without having to build every single design prototype with clay. It’s one of the more interesting ways we’ve seen businesses use Microsoft’s…

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